Oscars 2014, the year of the selfie: Ellen tweet grabs retweet record

Ellen DeGeneres shoots for a retweet record with an Oscar group selfie and easily smashes the current record.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Thanks to Ellen DeGeneres, this year’s Academy Awards are shaping up as the Selfie Oscars. Ellen’s celebrity-filled group selfie has smashed the previous retweet record holder, President Obama’s “Four more years.”

At 9 p.m. PST, the Ellen tweet was pushing 1.8 million retweets (although Twitter stuttered with the traffic load brought on by the tweet, and different users were seeing different totals).

That obliterates the Obama retweet total of 778,801.

The DeGeneres tweet was taken by Bradley Cooper, and included with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep (and her glasses), Kevin Spacey and many more, all wearing huge grins.

If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences acknowledged on Twitter (that’s a little ironic) that the DeGeneres tweet had temporarily broken the platform, with an “our bad.”


Sorry, our bad. #Oscars— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 3, 2014

Meanwhile, other celebrity selfies were emerging from the Selfie Oscars. Here’s one from Joseph Gordon Levitt.